This portfolio brings together rare limited editions from six South African artists. Each print made to the highest quality, exclusively for the Editions for ArtThrob programme. The prints in the portfolio include the following:
William Kentridge, Act III scene 1, 2017 is based on the artist’s drawings for his staging of opera Lulu. Lulu is a 20th century masterpiece by Alan Berg. Kentridge’s version opened to great acclaim at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2015. The print was made in collaboration with Mlungisi Kongisa at the Artist Workshop, an each print has been tinted with watercolour by hand.
Zanele Muholi, Sasa, Bleecker, New York, 2016 is an exclusive print from Muholi’s acclaimed ‘Somnyama Ngonyama’ series, which finds the artist using self-portraiture as a tool of intimacy, serving as commentary on contemporary political and cultural issues that affect black people in Africa and its diaspora.
Kemang Wa Lehulere, Unknown Poem, 2018. Kemang Wa Lehulere’s work is concerned with the intersection between personal biography and collective history, often rendered in materials that have open association to networks of ideas. This print Unknown Poem reveals some of Wa Lehulere’s recurring themes music, pencils and a poetic sense of tragedy. Made with Zhané Warren of Warren Editions, this print is the result of multiple experiments and iterations in the print studio. The print is an aquatint, which has a similar look to chalk on black board while allowing for new kinds of mark-making.
Siemon Allen, Damaged Archive (Soweto), 2016. Allen has one of the most complete collections of records pressed in South Africa, which he rephotographs in incredible detail. This image forms part of his ‘Damaged Archive’ series, which show the history and wear on some the vinyl.
Pieter Hugo, Saunders Rock, Cape Town, 2015. Hugo is one of South Africa’s leading photographers. This print forms part of Hugo’s overarching interest in the people and landscape of the African continent, especially those who are marginalised – whether economically so, or through the difficulties they may face due to blindness, albinism, or HIV/AIDS.
Dan Halter, Of Exactitude in Science, 2016 is a work in Halter’s signature woven paper. Here Halter has taken a short story from the famed Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges, sliced it into fragments and rewoven it. The piece refelcts on accuracy, replication and truth.